Lufthansa: Most profitable route is Caracas, but we no longer sell tickets from Venezuela

German airliner Lufthansa stopped selling tickets in Venezuela. Such decision does not include discontinuance of flights, as in the cases of Air Canada and, most recently, Alitalia.

Lufthansa: Most profitable route is Caracas, but we no longer sell tickets from Venezuela

German airliner Lufthansa stopped selling tickets in Venezuela.

Such decision does not include discontinuance of flights, as in the cases of Air Canada and, most recently, Alitalia.

Sources said that the airline “removed the plate,” that is, it blocked its website for booking. The term of the action was not specified.

“Presently, air tickets are not available. It is a temporary situation,” contended the branch office in Caracas.

Venezuelan news sited sources in the sector commented off the record that the airliner found irregular sale of tickets through a group of domestic travel agencies. “They make the booking outside Venezuela but issue the tickets inside the country.”

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In reality Airlines are struggling to repatriate $3.9 billion in local earnings from Venezuela because of tightening currency controls, according to the International Air Transport Association. IATA said at least 11 carriers have cut capacity on flights to South America’s largest oil exporter in the past year. The value of revenue trapped in bolivars is being whittled away by the highest inflation in the world and frequent devaluations of Venezuela’s currency.

Ironically Lufthansa’s sales director for North America, Donald Bunkenburg, called Caracas the company’s most profitable Latin American route because of the high proportion of business travelers, according to an interview published May 12 in Colombian newspaper Portafolio.

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